LtCol Campbell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1991 and served on active duty as an EA-6B power-plants mechanic at MALS-14. In 1993, Cpl Campbell was selected for the NROTC Program attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt, completed The Basic School and naval flight training and then received orders to MCBH Kaneohe Bay where he learned to fly the CH-53D.
In March of 2001, he was assigned to HMH-363, where he served as the Flight line Officer, Quality Assurance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer/Weapons and Tactics Instructor. During this tour, Captain Campbell completed three WestPac Unit Deployments and provided humanitarian assistance/disaster relief as part of JTF-535.
Having been selected to attend US Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) in August 2006, Captain Campbell transferred to NAS Patuxent River, MD. Upon graduation from USNTPS class 132, Major Campbell was assigned to HX-21 serving as a developmental test pilot. During this tour Major Campbell logged flight time in 34 different T/M/S aircraft and served as the project officer and lead test pilot for CH-53D Improved Rotor Blade and Directed IR Countermeasures programs.
In July 2010, Major Campbell reported to MAG-29 and was assigned to HMH-461 where he served as Maintenance Officer during the squadron’s deployment in support of OEF 11.2 in RC(SW) of Afghanistan. Upon returning from his combat deployment, Major Campbell was appointed Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of a four-aircraft detachment for a seven month deployment in support of Combined/Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti.
Upon return from CJTF-HOA in September 2012, Major Campbell transferred to the MAG-29 headquarters where he served in future operations as lead ACE planner for Exercise Bold Alligator 2013. In June 2013, Major Campbell reported to the J7 Branch at Headquarters Joint Operations Command of the Australian Defence Force as an exchange officer where he filled the lead planning role for the TALISMAN SABER series of US/AS combined exercises. LtCol Campbell was promoted to his current rank in November 2014 and assumed command of HMH-366 on 14 July 2016.
LtCol Campbell holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course. LtCol Campbell’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with three Strike Flight Awards, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold star in lieu of 2nd award) and an Australian Defence Force Gold Commendation.